To Suicide Bombers

Paul Butters By Paul Butters, 12th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Why do you suicide bombers kill yourselves? I do not understand this. There is no rhyme or reason for such self-sacrifice. Surely no need to kill and maim others. For religion? SOME religion. Why? It does not make sense.

You hear it in the news

Every so often we hear of a terrorist atrocity. Innocent civilians have been maimed or killed in an explosion. At the centre of this horrendous act: often some “suicide bomber”. How horrible.
Sometimes we hear about the background to one of these “martyrs”. They lead normal family lives with wife and kids (or husband), leave a, “I Love You” letter or video, then go along with their “colleagues” and bring a sudden end to it all. Just imagine travelling to your “target”, knowing full well it will be your very last act. For me that would be ten times worse than going to the dentist for serious surgery. Words fail me. Of course this is not new: remember the Japanese Kamikaze pilots of the Second World War.

Life is so precious
Some of these martyrs do explain why they do this. They say that under their religion they will be granted a place in heaven for what they do. Poppycock. I maintain that nobody can guarantee life after death. It is highly likely that for most of eternity we are dead. Sorry, but that appears to be the truth. I Hope that I am wrong: that God or Allah or someone will give us eternal life, in some spiritual realm. Yet I can only Hope. No more. So how you would-be bombers can go ahead with killing yourselves is totally beyond my comprehension.

Why kill yourselves?

Most would-be martyrs claim that they are doing what is right: taking vengeance on the “wicked West”. They say that Westerners have done great evil in The Middle East and parts of Asia. Al Qaeda and others yell about a “Jihad” against us “Satanists” (or something of the sort).
This is where I’ll probably show my blissful ignorance. The ordinary man in the British street has little knowledge of what goes on in The Middle East. We have followed the Iraq War and the Afghanistan saga. The Israel issue keeps popping up on the news. Sure, we have a vague idea that Western nations tend to support Israel no matter what they do. The Egyptian civil war fills our news right now, and we watch with interest. We’ve heard that there is oil in the middle east, and that Iran (formerly Persia remember) might be building a nuclear arsenal. Yet all people do here is see the price of petrol go up and wonder why. In short Mr Average “Westerner” is quite innocent.

So why do it?
The bottom line, then, is that I have no idea why you martyrs do what you do. In my humble view you are all utterly mad. You might have a case that somehow we Westerners are exploiting you. However, the Tunisia and Egypt situations do suggest that it might be your own governments that are to blame. We have the same problem to some extent. Look at any Banksy picture: clearly not all is sweetness and light here in Britain either. We all have our issues. Yet there is no need for you to kill yourselves, or anyone else for that matter. Better to Talk with your “adversaries”. Engage with them. Come to some understanding. Make Peace.

Paul Butters


Afterlife, Allah, God, Kamikaze, Martyrs, Muslims, Peace, Suicide Bombers, Westerners

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I am a Writer. Freelance in that I am not employed any more, being retired. I can write more than ever now. Academically I have a B.Ed. Honours Degree in English Literature from Leeds (Huddersfield) University. Taught Secondary (13-18) English in the...(more)

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author avatar richardpeeej
12th Feb 2011 (#)

I have not thought about this have good reasoning with you article...

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author avatar D in The Darling
13th Feb 2011 (#)

Great article. Let me shed some light. You're correct to say life is precious. Does this value change when someone bombs with an apache? Let's take Palestinians for example, do you think if the USA or China or anyone known to be kind and generous with weapons gave them Apache's or F16's, do you think they wouldn't use them? Do you think they'd still choose to be suicide bombers?

Without making any type of killing noble, that's their only means of taking part in the war against an enemy armed to the tooth.

Any type of killing is evil and has to be abhorred equally and not smiled upon when someone does it with sophisticated weapons, then frowned upon when it's a crude weapon is used or just bare hands.

In Islam, suicide is a a major sin. Whoever commits suicide won't go to heaven. Killing is a major sin. Saving a life is like saving the whole of humanity.

In Islam, oppression is another major sin. Muslims are urged to fight oppression till peace and justice reign. Now look around you!

The West has a very huge hand in the problems the world is facing today. Talking about Iran having nuclear, well Iran won't be the first in the world. Britain, America, France, Russia, Israel just to mention a few, all got them. Why are they not on sanctions? Who gave them the right to acquire them? That's what pisses other citizens of this world off!

So let's condemn every form of killing and every form of oppression in the sternest of terms. Peace!

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author avatar Paul Butters
13th Feb 2011 (#)

Thanks Din. An article in reply I see. Have indeed wondered why some are allowed nuclear weapons yet not others. Thanks Richard too. Peace!

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author avatar Paul Butters
13th Feb 2011 (#)

PS Have the bombers been told that Moslem teachings say suicide is a sin?

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author avatar Tranquilpen
17th Feb 2011 (#)

Thank you, Mr Butters, most interesting read.

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author avatar Denise O
24th Feb 2011 (#)

Well I am sure I will get blasted for my response but, oh well. Better to go out saying what you mean than to just pitter patter about it...
I have no idea why they do what they do. Unlike D, I will not give them any darn excuse for their actions. When you are in war times (which I wish we weren't) we have a enemy and our (meaning the USA) target is not just any darn person walking down the street, as it is with suicide bombers. So to make the comparison is down right ludicrous. We in the west are to blame for what is going on, oh poppy cock! Does that mean we have always been on the right side of things, hell no but, to say we caused all of this is wrong. I remember when Saddam was taken down, we were the big bad guys then, and yet the Iraqi's are better off now than they ever were under Saddam. I did not see anyone that says we cause distruction say good job, you got a awful dictator out. Noooo, they say that awful GWB, that awful Blair, they caused havoc, funny, I saw purple fingers held up with pride by so many, after their first elections, I do not call that havoc, what is going on in the middle east right now is just that...havoc. Nice read.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Paul Butters
25th Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks Denise. That's a fine addition to this discussion.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Nov 2014 (#)

Though it does not make sense to us, why should it for them? Violence begets violence; we should stop one rule for us and another for others like for nuclear weapons - siva

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author avatar Paul Butters
25th Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks Siva.

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author avatar Paul Butters
25th Nov 2014 (#)

Of course, since I wrote the piece above, ISIS (or whatever) has established itself in Syria and Iraq! I cannot say I am any more impressed by all those beheadings of GOOD aid-workers. Nor those African beheadings of non-Muslims. Extremism has become even more of an issue.......

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author avatar Joel
4th Jan 2018 (#)

God knows no religion. That is something we've done to ourselves...

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